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Roger’s lyrics dealt with his frustration and anger towards politics, the music industry and self-centred people who if needed would kill to get what they wanted – a theme he had also used for Shine On, Sheep and Have a Cigar.
David wrote most of the music later stated that he was particularly proud of the chord progression.
For me it was what got me into this crazy hobby – trying to figure out how the hell David got his magical tone.
In this article we’ll examine the history of Dogs, David’s tone and playing on the different versions and ways to get THE tone.
Dogs dates back to the middle of the Dark Side of the Moon tour.
Pink Floyd had been performing Dark Side in its entirety since early 1972 – a whole year before the album was released and as they kept on adding new dates to the tour they badly needed new material.
While Have a Cigar and Sheep was two fairly basic rock songs, Dogs had much of the same structure as Shine On with elements stretching right back to Atom Heart Mother and Echoes.
The earliest version even had a long choir part in the middle section, similar to what David and Richard used to do on the 4-piece live version of Atom.
In past articles we’ve looked at classic Floyd songs like Echoes and Comfortably Numb, which both are favourites to many and the essence of David’s tone from two eras.Still, the song that brings out the enthusiastic grin on most of us is of course Dogs.Throughout the 1974-75 tour Roger would rewrite the lyrics several times as David found it too hard to sing – there were just too many words (Musician, August 1992).Sheep and Dogs revealed a heavier side of Pink Floyd.
In October 1974, after a short tour in France in June, the band spent four weeks at the Elstree Film Studios and King’s Cross in London producing a brand new stage show for the upcoming British (British Winter Tour ’74) and North American tours.
During the session they wrote two new songs – Have a Cigar and You Gotta be Crazy (later renamed Dogs).